(WFI) Britain’s Craig Reedie, the next president of the World Anti-Doping Agency, warns FIFA that it will have to set up its own doping lab for the World Cup and label’s Brazil’s anti-doping efforts “sad”.
Brazil’s World Cup and 2016 Olympic preparations were dealt a blow in August when WADA revoked accreditation for the country’s only anti-doping laboratory in Rio de Janeiro due to repeated non-compliance with international standards. WADA also suspended the lab for nine months in 2012 for similar reasons, only reinstating accreditation when improvements were made.
The IOC vice president told INSIDER that FIFA would likely have to use an
“alternative” doping laboratory for next summer’s tournament.
He said Brazil was “much delayed” in creating a national anti-doping agency, describing the situation as “sad”.
“The government are actually building the building in which [the agency] will sit,” the 72-year-old told INSIDER.
“But having the building is only part of the issue. Once you get a building you have to have good people with experience of how this exercise works.”
Reedie, who will be formally confirmed to succeed Australian John Fahey at the WADA Conference on Doping in Sport in Johannesburg next month, said FIFA should act quickly to ensure doping controls are in place for next summer’s football showpiece.
“I would think that FIFA next year for the football World Cup will probably have to make alternative arrangements, rather than using the Brazil laboratory,” he said.
“They will need to get re-accredited at the earliest possible moment and I hope that process gets underway quickly because we certainly need a good and proper laboratory to do what the IOC needs to do at the Games in 2016.”
The Scotsman was selected over former IOC medical director Patrick Schamasch and Olympic athletics legend Edwin Moses to become the sport movement’s nominee for the WADA presidency in August.
Reedie, a former chair of the British Olympic Association and a key figure in London 2012’s Olympic bid and subsequent preparations, told Around the Rings, INSIDER’s sister publication, that taking over the WADA presidency was a “daunting” job.
But Reedie believes he is the right man to lead WADA in the ongoing fight against doping. He’s had a role at WADA since its inception in 1999, as a treasurer and an executive committee member.
“Having been doing a bit of this now for 14 years, it’s not something you walk away from,” Reedie says. “I think I know the job that has to be done. You wake up in the morning and say, ‘OK, let’s get on with it.’”
Reedie will be put up for election at the World Conference on Doping in Sport in Johannesburg in November, but that is considered a formality since he is the IOC’s choice. He will succeed Fahey, a former Australian state premier who has held the post since 2007, at the beginning of 2014.
By INSIDER’s Ed Hula III
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